Wednesday, March 18, 2009

UPDATE: ACLU Files Suit Against Arkansas Adoption Ban

UPDATE: An Arkansas Judge has ruled that the lawsuit challenging the state's ban on unmarried couples adopting can proceed, ruling in favor of the ACLU and against Arkansas Deputy Attorney General Justin Allen.

The attorney general said that no one had the intrinsic right to adopt, and as a result, the lawsuit didn't deal with said rights and shouldn't proceed because nothing could be challenged on constitutional grounds.

The ACLU countered that it did because the ban violated federal and state state constitutional rights to equal protection and due process.

Over a dozen families, along with the Arkansas chapter of the ACLU, have filed suit on Tuesday against the state's law banning unmarried couples from fostering or adopting children.

According to Little Rock attorney, Marie-Bernarde Miller, "Act 1 violates the state's legal duty to place the best interest of children above all else." Claiming the act's language was confusing and that voter's were misled, 29 adults and their children signed on to sue.

The supporters of the ban, the Arkansas Family Council, admitted that the ban was targeted toward gay couples, but acknowledged it would affect straight people as well.

For my information on the law suit, Cole, et al. v. Arkansas, et al, go to ACLU Parenting.

The ACLU is asking anyone in Arkansas worried that they will be hurt by Act 1 to email or call (212) 519-7835.

MY THOUGHTS: What a shock that the Arkansas Family Council would be willing to strip away SOME straight people's rights in an effort to strip away ALL gay people's rights. These people are beyond obsessive - they're delusional to think that this is right in order to stop a few people they don't agree with from acting on their right to start a family. It sickens me. It's beyond my rational ability to understand those who voted for this - in a sense, they stripped away their own rights to keep others from being happy. If you want to rant, please add a comment and go for it.

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